11 October 2021 - 7 February 2022

Crossings is an online film festival that showcases the state of the art of the Indian documentary film through a series of significant journeys made by filmmakers using diverse and innovative forms of communication.

The films traverse a range of topics including the politics of insurgency; the violence of state repression; the refashioning of caste and gender inequalities; migrant dislocations; religious majoritarianism; censorship, propaganda, and creative resistance.

​Programming and curation: Lalit Vachani


December 6 16:00-18:00 CET/20:30-22:30 IST
(Ekta Mittal, 80 min, 2018)

In poor areas of rural India, large numbers of villagers—most of them young men—are leaving their homes to look for work in big cities. Many of them disappear into the anonymity of city life, leaving their families to wonder what became of them. For the people left behind, the sense of loss remains huge even many years later. ‘Birha’(Absence ) is a cinematic portrayal of the grief, agony and anguish of separation. In a faraway village, missing people, mothers and tired lovers yearn to see beyond the mist. They meet each other in impenetrable silences and endless mourning. They curse the moon for witnessing their insomnia...

Ekta Mittal in conversation with Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS, Paris) and Nicole Wolf (Goldsmith's College, London)

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Writing With Fire

December 13 19:30-22.00 CET
2nd THEATRE SCREENING at the Lumiere
(Rintu Thomas/Sushmit Ghosh, 92 min, 2021)

Writing with Fire shines a light on a unique, women-only news collective in small-town northern India. The documentary follows the women behind news organization, Khabar Lahariya as they make the transition from print to digital media, shooting stories on their mobile phones and disseminating alternative news via their YouTube channel.

Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh in conversation with Malini Ghose (CeMIS) and Lalit Vachani CEMIS)

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